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September 14, 2017
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Veterinary Medicine Update
Veterinary cardiologists at Cornell zap horses' hearts to restore rhythm
Cardiologists at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine are again offering transvenous electrical cardioversion to restore normal heart rhythm in horses suffering from atrial fibrillation. Cornell veterinarians stopped offering the procedure when they could no longer get the catheters they needed, but the supplies are again available.
The Horse (9/13) 
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Veterinarians in Texas county warn about parvo outbreak
Veterinarians in Hansford County, Texas, say they are treating two or three cases of parvovirus each day, and they are advising dog owners to ensure their pets are vaccinated. Puppies should be kept away from other dogs until they are fully vaccinated.
KFDA-TV (Amarillo, Texas) (9/13) 
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Hurricane refugee pets should be screened by a veterinarian
Hurricane refugee pets should be screened by a veterinarian
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Animals from Texas adopted in the wake of Hurricane Harvey should be seen by a veterinarian and screened for infectious diseases such as heartworm and leptospirosis, which are common in Texas, says veterinarian Peter Weinstein, the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association's executive director. Newly adopted pets should be kept away from other animals until cleared by a veterinarian and should be kept at home for 30 days to minimize stress, according to guidelines from the SCVMA and other groups.
Press-Telegram (Long Beach, Calif.) (9/15) 
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Animal News
Microchips, teamwork keeping strays out of shelters in Texas city
Animal control officers in Fort Worth, Texas, are following new protocols that -- along with more owners microchipping their pets -- appear to be getting more stray pets back to their families and keeping them out of shelters. Instead of responding to individual calls, teams of officers patrol neighborhoods with high rates of strays; they are also using larger nets, and they penalize owners who allow their pets to roam.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (9/13) 
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Key developmental genes expressed in milk of mother tammar wallabies
Mother tammar wallabies express important developmental genes for their offspring in the milk they produce, acting like a placenta, according to a new study. The study suggests that marsupials have a different placenta system, with simple internal placental structures and the milk providing babies with the same nutrients, oxygen and protection from the mother's immune system.
Nature (free content) (9/12) 
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Other News
Policy Watch
Mass. considers service dog bill
Massachusetts legislators are considering a bill that would impose civil penalties on people who misrepresent their pet dogs as service animals. Proponents of the bill say actual service dogs as well as the public have been threatened by untrained dogs purported to be service or comfort animals.
WBZ-TV (Boston) (9/13),  Wicked Local/Danvers, Mass. (9/12) 
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AVMA in the News
AVMA coordinates wellness options for veterinary professionals
The AVMA's Division of State Advocacy and Veterinary Wellness Steering Committee launched AVMA State Wellness Programs for Veterinary Professionals after researching state wellness programs available to veterinarians as well as the associated privacy policies and regulations. Teams are working with states to set up wellness programs and privacy protections where they are lacking, exploring the feasibility of setting up a national wellness hotline and collaborating with the UK's Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on an international wellness program for veterinary professionals.
JAVMA News (9/13) 
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Student AVMA delegates explore tips for success
A leadership panel at the Student AVMA House of Delegates' recent meeting gave veterinary medicine students advice on succeeding in the discipline in school and after graduation. Delegates also discussed funding for grants, bylaw and manual changes, adding a wellness component to fourth-year curricula, and interacted with puppies brought by the AVMA Political Action Committee.
JAVMA News (9/13) 
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Around the Office
How to push through personal troubles at work
When you have personal troubles, confiding in a few close people who can support you when you need it can help get you back on track at work, writes Naphtali Hoff. Focus on the ways in which you are needed, and try to find the silver lining.
SmartBrief/Leadership (9/13) 
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Assistance Animals — Do You Know the Difference?
Learn more about assistance animals so you can support their appropriate use and the people that rely on them. Review policies, reports, and other resources here.
AVMA Today
Applications due tomorrow for Reaching UP student volunteers
Veterinary students who belong to their school's SAVMA chapters have a unique opportunity to learn about public health and safety, work with underserved communities and connect with practicing veterinarians through AVMA's Reaching UP program, which aims to improve access to veterinary care among traditionally underserved Native American populations. If you are a veterinary student and SAVMA member interested in volunteering, we invite you to apply to join the AVMA for a Reaching UP clinic Nov. 17-20 in New Mexico. Student volunteers will receive food and lodging during the clinic as well as up to $500 toward travel costs. Applications are due Sept. 15, and student volunteers will be selected by Sept. 22. Visit the AVMA@Work blog for more information on student volunteers for AVMA's Reaching UP program.
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